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Caps Recall Bourque

With Matt Pettinger en route to Vancouver and Matt Cooke not expected to arrive in Washington for a couple of days, the Caps recalled forward Chris Bourque from the Hershey Bears. Bourque is expected to be in the lineup tonight against the Wild.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 26, 2008; 5:12 PM ET
 
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nice

Posted by: sheesh | February 26, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Tarik-

Did GMGM say how they plan to do the 3 goalie thing? I am excited about everything but I have to say i dont think this is going to work.

Posted by: mike s | February 26, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

I take it Huet won't play tonight? Any update on Kolzig?

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | February 26, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

How is Bourque going to be in the line up shouldn't he have been on his way to Manitoba for tomorrow's game with the moose??

Posted by: Dan | February 26, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Hell, I'm just glad we didn't call up Cassivi!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 26, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Tarik.

Are the Capitals definitely done on the trade front? Any move awaiting approval/announcement?

Posted by: Frank | February 26, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Who is in goal tonight???????

Posted by: Finn | February 26, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

should have gotten more for Motz, hes an awesome energy guy. I guess three great moves one bad...thats ok.

Posted by: jds | February 26, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

jds,

There are a few people in Hershey who disagree with you just a little bit.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 26, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

How can Bourque play, he hasn't practiced.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 26, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

3 goalies will kill whatever good chemistry this group has.
Not moving one of the two is a textbook example of poor managing. Disgraceful.
Not even bothering with how GM has managed to ruin Emminger

Posted by: Chief | February 26, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Motzko was a great move; anyone that does not like Crosby would not like Motzko because of the whining. He actually stops skating while play is going on to whine to ref. and then to see the other defenders just rape him every time he carries the puck in and forgets he has teammates to pass to. Just what I see and have been to every game. Also great to see Bourque get some more experience it can only help him grow.

Posted by: Chad | February 26, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

From a conference call with Matt Cooke, Cristobal Huet, GMGM, and the media:

"I pride myself on being on the forecheck and creating turnovers. I make people hear footsteps. I've had success scoring 'dirty goals' in the past. I don't mind going to those places if that's what it takes."

- Matt Cooke

Methinks we're gonna like this guy.

Here's the source.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 26, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Chief,

I'm sorry, could you speak up? I can't hear you over the roar of what an awesome job GMGM did today.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 26, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

After that hot little Steve Eminger guy hit on me, I saw the error of my ways and told Georgie to go out and ruin his career. It's the only way I can possibly feel better about myself.

Posted by: Mrs. McPhee | February 26, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, Corey is reporting that he rode the elevator with Olie and he had no comment on the Huet deal but that he appeared somewhere between upset and confused.

Posted by: old time hockey | February 26, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

@HolyOlie

Don't bother. If we lost the Stanley Cup on game 7 in the 10th OT cause a referee scored on us, Chief (and the guru) will pop and say: see? I told you, gmgm sucks, I was right since the beginning.

Posted by: mauree | February 26, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Awesome trades - wish we could have gotten an imtimadating D-man, but great deals for nothing. The question will be if we can sign these guys. They all would be nice additions, even fedorov if he lowers his price. Still need to figure out how to clear people out of the crease-pick up the crashing forwards.

Posted by: Kost | February 26, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Who the heck is in goal tonight????

Posted by: Finn | February 26, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Bob Gainey was asked if he thought the caps and penguins got better and the canadians did not and all he could do was talk about their AHL team and avoided the whole question.

Posted by: Chad | February 26, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

mauree,

Oh I know. The rampant stupidity doesn't bother me, I just like poking it with a stick every once in a while to see what happens ;)

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 26, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Too bad about Eminger, unless we plan on playing him (and I know better. The Coach's Pets will get the call before he does, even if one has a busted knee).

Still, some GREAT pick-ups were made today.

Posted by: MikeZ | February 26, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Finn,

The latest word is that Olie will be in goal tonight.

More words from another reporter who shall remain nameless out of respect for the medium I'm posting this in:

"The Caps have recalled Chris Bourque, and he will be in Matt Pettinger's place on the fourth line tonight. With Viktor Kozlov sick, the team was down to 11 forwards. Both McPhee and Boudreau said there would be a competition between the three goaltenders to decide who plays. McPhee was adamant about the Huet acquistion not absolutely meaning the end of Olie Kolzig Era in Washington. McPhee said he did not try to trade Olie, found the market for another defenseman pretty dry and he had talked to Vancouver about a Pettinger-for-Cooke swap a few times in recent weeks because both players probably needed a change of scenery."

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 26, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Okay, all of the CSN anchors are saying "Hew-it", not "Ooh-A". It's driving me nuts.

Posted by: tallbear | February 26, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Tallbear,

In order to sound more North Americanized, and to stop having hockey fans call me a cheese-eating surrender monkey, I changed the pronounciation of my name a few weeks ago to "Hoo-Ette" instead of my native "OO-Eh."

Posted by: Mr. Huet | February 26, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

tallbear, for what it's worth they made a point of pronouncing the T in Huet on TSN's coverage today...I'm a bit confused about it myself.

I guess a trip to wikipedia is in order.

Posted by: Jeff | February 26, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Quiet! GMGM is on XM.

Chief, go sulk somewhere!

Posted by: Lee | February 26, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Chief,
The more I look at these deals I do think the 3 goalie situation will wreck the chemistry in the room. But on the upside or to be positive, as UFA's the new GM coming in during the off season doesn't get handcuffed with their contracts.

Posted by: someone else who knows | February 26, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

about 3 weeks ago his wife came out and said it is pronounced Hoo-ette and then the canadians came out and said no it's OO-EH. I am guessing the wife would probably be correct lol just a hunch.

Posted by: Chad | February 26, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

GMGM: "Ollie said Huet is a good goalie and and I can see why you picked him up. I'm going to try and be number 1"

Posted by: Lee | February 26, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

@Chief

S T F U

Posted by: keef | February 26, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

GMGM, "We are 5 points out of a playoff spot, we needed to do something to make that final push."

Posted by: Lee | February 26, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

So Tarik,

How was your day today? Anything interesting happen over at Caps HQ?

Posted by: 8 is enuf | February 26, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Well it seems some of your wishes for acquiring Federov came true. Though, I'm pretty surprised with acquiring Cristobal Huet. He is one of the Top 10 #1 goaltenders in the NHL, and yet we got him for barely nothing. Not saying I'm not happy about it, just saying that I am surprised.

Posted by: elicea | February 26, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Did GMGM say anything about eminger on XM?

Posted by: Lippy | February 26, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

No, he wasn't asked about emmy.

He did say the Huet (no "t") trade came just because he called bob gainey, and it just sort of came up.

Posted by: Lee | February 26, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Actually I was watching NHLN a few weeks ago and they did say he prefers 'HUE ET'

Posted by: JamesD | February 26, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I just can't wait until the offseason when Malkin asks for 10 million and the Pens have to give him up;

Posted by: Lippy | February 26, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to the Caps!!!
Absolutely great moves, for really nothing!
Let's hope things work out. Can't wait to see what Fedorov can do with Ovie, and Semin on the power-play. Great, fantastic acquisition on goal!!!
Olie, my man, many thanks for all you have through the years for this organization, but...the time has come for you to hang 'em up.

Posted by: sccapfan | February 26, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Whether its Who-A or Who-ET is something of a running joke in Francophone Montreal. TSN was ripping on him this morning for always being known as Who-A in the past and then waking up one day and demanding to be called Who-ET.

@holieOlie,

It is proper to give citation to other journalist's work. As in "The New York Times is reporting today that...". Not properly citing is called plagiarism.

Posted by: old time hockey | February 26, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

WTF?????

I'm away from the internet for 2 days and look what happens!

Huet? Wow! That's unfreakin' believable!

Not too sure about Fed or Cooke yet. But we are swimming in Offense.

Wonder what this means when Clark and Nylander come back?

Wow. Just plain wow.

Posted by: Greg S. | February 26, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Great day as far as pick ups go, and people still find a reason to kvetch.
Fedorov is nothing but a stop plug, who if the Caps make the playoffs, can teach Ovechkin what it's like to be there.
Cooke, clean or dirty, is a feisty guy who if he keeps his eyes of the blondes will be better remembered than Esa Tikkanen (But he's that kind of player).
Huet is about the fourth best goalie in the eastern conference, and they got him for Brian Sutherby. Face it - all the defensemen who were moved costed too much (Maybe Backman for a 4th we could have handled).
As far as 3 goalies are concerned, whatever. I don't care how he wants his named pronounced past what we're gonna have to chant for him when he robs Marian Hossa.

Posted by: Whiter Mage | February 26, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

old time hockey,

Firstly, I made it clear that it was not my writing, and secondly, I don't really want to have people pissed off at me for advertising a competing paper. If you think it over for a bit, it's not too hard to figure out where it came from.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 26, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, I think you are the most popular beat writer in DC today. Today was crazy. Hope the game is just as good

Posted by: Scott | February 26, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

@Tarik

You are a god-like hockey reporter! Yeomen's work, my friend. I'm giving you a raise!!!!

Posted by: Greg S. | February 26, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

WHOA!!! #44 sighting!!!

Nice goals, let's see if we can hang on to 'em for once.

Posted by: MikeZ | February 26, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow! The boys really look excited tonight. Whether or not these trades help in the long run, the team looks thrilled tonight!

Kolzig's playing like he's afraid to lose his job - it's about time!

Posted by: Raber | February 26, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

2 points for Laich. He seems to turning a corner from an AHL call-up to a real NHL'er. Nice!

Posted by: JIM | February 26, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Hello All!

Just got to my PC. Nice goal Brookseeeey!

Way to be there Mo!

Chief, Keef, play nice! Hey, it rhymes.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 26, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Did I just see a referee deck Mo? What's with refs checking out players?

Posted by: Raber | February 26, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the refs just hate Mo.

Posted by: MikeZ | February 26, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Did I hear Hu-eT?

Tab-air nack!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 26, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

On a somewhat related note..

GO DEVILS!!!


Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | February 26, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Man, Kolzig's definitely playing like his job's on the line tonight. He's been great so far.

Schultz is embarassing to watch. Does he just not realize how big he is? Does he take pity on those smaller? If Schultz had a mean streak, he'd be eons better.

Posted by: Kip | February 26, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Probably the wrong time to bring it up, but it came to me during the interview with Bob Hartley...but George McPhee looks a lot like John Kerry with glasses.

Posted by: Bubba | February 26, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Brooks is the man! Way to go Mo, but it is clear that all NHL refs have it in for you. Must be a bet or something to see which one of them can take him out in the most creative manner.

Oh, and is anyone else getting tired of the Versus announcers? I do not think that Alex Semin looks like Alex Ovechkin. Oh, and it was #44 in the box not #8 (no Emmie does not look like Ovie either).

Posted by: Kim | February 26, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Devils up 1-0

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Great work, Steckel!! Way to stand up for your team. Need more of that on this team.

Need to pick up the hits and shut down this MN team, though. They're spending too much time in our zone.

Posted by: Greg S. | February 26, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if Lepisto is still with the caps??

Posted by: Chad | February 26, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Here we go, time for the Caps to sleepwalk...
come on guys play like the first!

Posted by: BearsWoooo | February 26, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Not again, come on boys, play 60 minutes, put the nail in the coffin!

Posted by: JIM | February 26, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Come one, Greenie! Play some D. You stood there, five feet away from the guy in the crease, who scored on the deflection!

Wake up, Greenie!!

Posted by: Joe B | February 26, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Finally Fehr!
And that kind of goals he's good at :)

Now Alex, wake up and score a couple.

Posted by: mauree | February 26, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

One nail, let's get another! Way to go Fehr! I love that players beside OV are scoring, playing like a team.

Posted by: JIM | February 26, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Great job Fehr. Now it's your turn OV!

Posted by: BearsWoooo | February 26, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

A second nail in the coffin. Laich is on FIRE!!! Nice!

Posted by: JIM | February 26, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

BROOKSIE!!!

Posted by: MIKEZ | February 26, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

@Kip,

"If Schultz had a mean streak, he'd be eons better."

Doesn't 1 eon = a billion years?

Posted by: Steve R | February 26, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

This team really seems energized by the deals. LETS GO CAPS!!!

PS- I'll fill the empty net next time.

Posted by: Esa Tikkanen | February 26, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Peter who? I'll take Brooksie any day!

Posted by: Raber | February 26, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Brooksie with the fourth goal. Nice.

Thoughts about the trades: It was a productive day. Not fantastic or earth shattering but productive enough that they did fill some needs. Huet of course was a complete surprise. I'm a huge Olie fan and of course he's got every right to feel like his pride has been stepped on but he should realize where he is at in his career and needs to take a chill pill and realize change is coming. Fedorov is a rental at best. I wasn't surprised the Caps went after him at all. They needed to fill that void left by Nylander. I think it'll be exciting to see what kind of chemistry he may develop with some of his Russian counterparts. Cooke..hey I like the guys quotes...I hope he comes here to agitate and play in a productive role. We'll see what happens.

What is laughable is some of you idiots that think you know a thing or two about hockey then come on here and continue to proceed GMGM. Sure he still has something to prove but these were smart moves on his part. I know you all sat here and wanted defense. Maybe he did take a look at Hal Gill. The fact is if you wanted any D-man to fill the role of stay at home it would be asking too much. Back off the guy for being smart. He's made some dumb moves in the past but some moves have been great on his part. These trades put this team in a position to make a much more effective playoff push. Have a little patience and let's see what happens. If you just want to be ignorant and bash bash bash with the same ole dried up facts...then stop..take a breath and think "oh wait I'm a fan and he's GM in the NHL." Enough said. LOL These moves were productive. Congrats to the organization and here's to hoping the results come. ICE BREAKERS GOAL SHAKERS.

Posted by: Jonathan | February 26, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

@Jonathan

"What is laughable is some of you idiots that think you know a thing or two about hockey then come on here and continue to proceed GMGM"

Huh? Proceed?

Posted by: What you talking about Willis? | February 26, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Carrot-top actually has two primary assists, up to 19 -- nice!

Posted by: JIM | February 26, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

all these commercial about 60 goals and Ovie are jinxing him. Come on Alex!

Posted by: mauree | February 26, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Nice fight by Bradley. Steckel did alright too considering he never drops the mits. Brooksie is on fire!! Keep it up boys 20 more to go! Come on OV, get 50 tonight!

Posted by: BearsWoooo | February 26, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Chad -- other newspaper reporting Lepisto not on roster & probably returned to Hershey

Posted by: uncatim | February 26, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Proceed "to bash" GMGM. That's what I'm talking about Willis. HAAAAA. Classic. I think there were a couple areas I left a word out. Brain fart. LET'S GO CAPS!!!!

Posted by: Jonathan | February 26, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

HONK HONK HONK - Lets Go CAPS!

Posted by: Honk Honk Honk | February 26, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

What's going on with AO? Maybe he's too much on the ice? He looks tired.

Posted by: mauree | February 26, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Who are these commentators? How many times did he say: "Semin and AO look so much alike"?
I miss Joe B.

Posted by: mauree | February 26, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Thank You Uncatim

Posted by: Chad | February 26, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

He's on something too much, but I don't think it is the ice. When does she go back to Russia anyway?

Posted by: BearsWoooo | February 26, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

@Jonathan

I'm not sure I disagree with your position as much as I disagree with the method of delivery.

There are persons with questionable hockey acumen, but they mean well. Let's call them enthusiastic, not idiots.

On the trades. I would have liked to see a solid D man come in. Fedorov is a rental, but could be a more permanent part of the picture. Not exactly what I would look for in a trade, but it was pretty cheap acquisition. The up side for Alex (either one) could be huge as a mentor for them.

On Cooke for Pettinger - not too sure on this. I don't think there's any real loss for us losing Pettinger, and a possible gain with Cooke. Cooke doesn't have much in terms of numbers. I've not seen him play, so can't say anything about him. Book is out on this this trade. I see no real downside on it.

The biggest question is what will happen between the pipes now that Huet comes here. Three net minders... I think that Huet is here for a long (4-5 year) time. Just long enough to develop the prospects.

All in all? I think these trades are pretty good. Damn! Just as I think that gmgm is awful for not making a move, here he goes and pulls off 4! Sneaky little guy, isn't he?

Posted by: Greg S. | February 26, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Another poinless night for OV?

Posted by: Worried about him | February 26, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Great effort by everyone.

Posted by: BearsWoooo | February 26, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

MARTY *CLAP CLAP* MARTY *CLAP CLAP*

Great job, Caps, let's go Devils!

Posted by: MikeZ | February 26, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

On the game...

They look fired up. Really excited. I think that Laing's rubbed off on the team - at least for tonight. They're blocking shots all over the place. Eminger looked tgood as does Brashear, Steckel, Laich, and the other unsung guys. Need to see more of this!

Great game!

Posted by: Greg S. | February 26, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

@Greg S
Couldn't agree more with you on the post. Idiots was a bit harsh but when you read enough posts like that...it can be annoying. If they truly are being enthusiastic...then all the credit in the world to them.

McPhee has always been an interesting guy of saying one thing and doing another. I like it and I'm glad it served notice again today. A nice victory. Hopefully Kozlov breaks the flu and the new faces are ready to go for the next game.

ICE BREAKERS GOAL SHAKERS :)

Posted by: Jonathan | February 26, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

mauree,

That was good ol' Johhny VanBiesbrouck. I know, it drove me nuts.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 26, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Good win. Well played by Olie.

Posted by: Steve R | February 26, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Poti looked fantastic out there, too. His stock has risen lately and is getting much more valuable, IMHO.

Posted by: Greg S. | February 26, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Pleeeaaaaseeee Stop showing the Ovie 60 goal commercial. He hasn't scored since they started airing that stupid thing!

Posted by: BearsWoooo | February 26, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

lol HolyOlie thanks.

Olie played one hell of a game tonight. He deserved the shutout, stupid leg deflection.

Carolina won on OT :(

Posted by: mauree | February 26, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

and they picked up Ruutu. It's going to be a war next game.

Posted by: mauree | February 26, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Overall, in today's trades, I think that (ugh) Pittsburgh and Dallas came out on top. I would have loved to see Campbell here, but not the way it happened.

Posted by: Greg S. | February 26, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Cooke=grit=dirty goals

Posted by: jds | February 26, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

PIT has positioned themselves for a Stanley Cup run. Anything short of that would be considered a failure, IMHO. Crosby is already making 9mil and Malkin will look for the same type of deal. Hossa will garner 7 million in an open market. The Pens wont be able to have 25 million tied up in 3 players. The Pens gave up a lot for what might turn into a rental player. If the Pens dont win the cup, I think most hockey people will look back and deem this trade high risk, no reward.

The Caps have positioned themselves for a playoff run. If they dont make the play-offs they didnt give up anything of note for the risk.

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Great win tonight. Olie played like his job was at stake... oh wait...
Chris Bourque had a good game tonight. I wonder what type of player he will develop into. Maybe, a St. Louis type of goal scorer? Still to early to tell...

Posted by: Lowell | February 26, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Good game tonight against a solid, physical team that needed the points as much as we do. The way I see it, if the Caps can sign Huet after this season, we have our three year bridge to the future Neuvirth/Varlamov/Machesney era; we have an instigator with an attitude to get in front of the other team's net; and we have a very serviceable second line center to replace Nylander through the end of this year and bring playoff experience and leadership to the locker room. That's a hell of a day for GMGM and the Caps, particularly when you consider the minimal price we paid. As to Olie's long term situation here, it was pretty clear he probably didn't have one as the #1 goalie when the Caps didn't offer him a new deal in January. I hope he will come to terms with that and play a potentially very valuable role for the Caps over the next few years, even if it's not getting most of the starts. His best and final shot at going deep in the playoffs frankly would be here, not this season but in a year or two. Granted, we didn't get a "lock down D", but there certainly weren't any who moved who were worth selling the future to get; and again, if you take the longer view, if Alzner and Finley reach their potential, things are looking pretty good.

Posted by: Fred | February 26, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else catch the Olie interview on Versus? (I hate missing games for business trips.)
Olie: Well I'll treat Huet like any other teammate. It wasn't his choice to come here.
Translation: Hey, Christobal, don't forget that this has been my team since you were in"ecole". If you get uppity I'll beat like my country has beat your country-twice.
[skipping....]
Olie: And don't forget Johnson. He's had a great year too.
Translation: F-off, Christobal. Go refill your Roghain prescription or something. We don't need you.

Posted by: old time hockey | February 26, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Get Rid of Huet. That was a total mistake. He probably wont resign with us anyway.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 26, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

@Jonathan

Be nice to people here or I'll spank you

Posted by: Jonathan's Dad | February 26, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

BernieWolfeFan:
Hey, I know what that means (but I've never heard anyone outside of Montreal say it before)!! Naughty boy ...

Great game - SO much fun!!! Laich and Olie were awesome - EVERYTHING was clicking - O, D, the whole deal. If they keep playing like this, they're going to have a short summer ... especially with the new boys coming to town.

I am glad I was not in the thick of things during all of the Huet/Olie/Johnny discussion. Did anyone listen to the post-game show? Johnny clearly thinks he is odd man out (although he said no one has talked to him about it). I'm not sure that I agree that that will be the case, although (surprise) that would be my preference. Johnny may have better stats for the season, but Olie has been playing better lately (you're only as good as your last game). I am guessing that Huet will play Friday (and Saturday?) - I will be curious to see what happens after that ...

Posted by: Boo! | February 26, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

BTW, just curious, is anyone going to give GMGM his props?!? :-O

Posted by: Boo! | February 26, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Just getting back from the Booth - what a fun game!!

I'm glad that Brooks is finding his scoring touch...too bad Ovie's slumping. He was so frustrated every shift he came off the ice.

Posted by: keef | February 26, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if we'll ever get the real story of what went on today. No way - despite what he says - GMGM intended on finishing the day with 3 goalies. No team needs to carry 3 goalies, nor to pay for one to sit in the press box. Obviously something else was in the works that didn't happen. I guess this means Johnny is scratched for the rest of the season, very strange.

Posted by: katzistan | February 26, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Keef:
RE: Ovie, I think Katja needs to go home ...

Posted by: Boo! | February 26, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Sombrero Guy

Are you in section 402? If you are swing down and introduce yourself sometime...I'm in row A.

Posted by: Yosh | February 26, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm gonna love the Laing jersey that I bought, but I should have went with my first instinct and gotten the Laich one. Brooks has been one of my favorites all year and I'm glad he's been getting a shot with more ice time and PP time lately. GO CAPS!

Posted by: Jordan | February 26, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

@katzistan

Even if a trade backfired somewhere along the lines, how can you be disappointed in getting Huet for Suts?

Posted by: keef | February 26, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

@Jordan

LAI(NG) vs. LAI(CH)

With a little tape here and there, I'm sure you could make a Laich jersey outta it when you want one. :)

Posted by: keef | February 27, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

@Yosh

Yeah I was there tonight. I am all over the place though. I don't have a set season ticket plan, and yet somehow I have already been to 13 games haha. I did manage to get a Caps Mr. Potato head tonight, that was in the goodie bag I got for being the wendy's weeknight fan of the game. I apparently picked the perfect time to go get a beer....

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | February 27, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Just watched the post-game interview ...

Both Johnny and Olie sound surprised and a bit frustrated (especially Johnny). Johnny really sounds convinced he is out. Nonetheless, they seem to be handling it like pros. I will be curious to see how it all plays out.

The power went out during BB's post-game interview ... ha! That was funny.

Posted by: Boo! | February 27, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

After Laich's second goal, the smile on BJ's face from the bench looked genuine. Meh, he likes it here. I do too.

Posted by: Whiter Mage | February 27, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

@Boo!

I gave a prop. Hurt to say it, but it's up there.

Posted by: Greg S. | February 27, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

I thought the boys played like they were pissed! gmgm seems to have stirred the pot. This looks like it will get interesting in the room soon. Also, interesting comments from gmgm, he didn't try to deal Olie? hhhmmmm. I'd like to see him on that lie detector show on Fox. Classy post game interview by Olie, I'm glad to see him still in Washington.

Posted by: someone else who knows | February 27, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Greg:
You're a good man! :-) Who ever said that you were immutable? (Just a little word of the day for ya ... ;-)).

Posted by: Boo! | February 27, 2008 1:17 AM | Report abuse

Never feel sorry for guys who make a million, but IMO Huet must go. We brought him here, and couldnt move one of our goalies. Since Huet is an UFA lets finish with what we got. He doesnt want to be here anyway.

Posted by: SA_Town | February 27, 2008 6:34 AM | Report abuse

yeah lets ride the Olie/Johnny tandem back to the basement. That's a great plan.

Posted by: WTF | February 27, 2008 7:16 AM | Report abuse

@WTF

What makes you think we are on the way to the basement? What makes you think it's Goaltending?

In 8 out of our last 12 games we have held teams to 2 or less goals. Whats wrong with that?

Posted by: SA-Town | February 27, 2008 7:37 AM | Report abuse

So according to tarik's article yesterday, Huet should be here now with Fedorov on the way and Cooke bringing up the rear. I'm excited for Friday's game against the loser devils who can't even beat the canes.

Posted by: Jordan | February 27, 2008 8:05 AM | Report abuse

I love it when somebody wants to make a point they can't quite articulate so they just use sarcasm and hope we all get it. Of course, that assumes there is an "it" to get...

Posted by: TheCapitalist | February 27, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

This team has so much young talent, we don't know what to do with it.

I was kinda sad last night, watching Bourque fly around the ice with his hair on fire. Every line played well last night and for me up in the stands, Bourque really shined. Just wish we had room for him.

Posted by: FFS Enough | February 27, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

FFS Enough,

Agreed, Borque looked possessed out there. He doesn't play a small man's game either. He was right in the middle of everything.

That said, I REALLY REEEEEALY hope there's room on the roster for Lainger next year. I'm starting to worry.

Posted by: Jordan | February 27, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, Bourque played well, but he's heading back to Hershey likely with Lepisto coming back to replace Eminger again.

BTW, can the Versus announcers suck any harder? Why couldn't they use JoeB for the Caps game? At least he knows the difference between Green and Laing and between Eminger and Ovechkin. And who in the world thinks Ovie and Semin look the same?!

Posted by: tallbear | February 27, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

FFS Enough,

Bourque may not stay up full time this year.....but def next year he will have a spot

Posted by: capsfan98 | February 27, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Anyone going to the Friday game? I'm going to be back in NYC Thursday night, and I can't wait to hop on the NJ Transit train and go to the new Devils arena for the first time. Having some new faces in Caps sweaters will just make it that much sweeter.

Posted by: Kurt | February 27, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Think Bourque looked great. He had a few times where the play turned on him faster than he expected and the Wild were off the other way, ut that will be part of his adjustment to the speed of the NHL. He looks more out of place in Hershey than he does with the Caps, I mean that in a good way - he has really improved his game there.

I would rather see him next year though, he is very inexperienced and we have a tough road ahead of us.

Posted by: cs | February 27, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

on VS. announcers,

I figured they weren't using Joe B. because he came down to my section to discreetly chat with some guy sitting in an isle seat. Nobody noticed him until I whispered to my girlfriend that he was standing there. Guy blends in with a crowd really well!

Posted by: Jordan | February 27, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

I didn't mean to sound like I thought Bourque would not be here next year. I just thought he played good enough last night to stay up for the rest of the year. Unfortunately we can not do that for him unless someone gets hurt.

The play that REALLY impressed me was the caps getting caught on a chance. I think Poti was the only one coming back with 3 wild entering the zone (2nd period). Then here comes Bourque screaming into the zone to break up the play. Fantastic effort for a guy just hopping on the ice.

I hate to say it, but there are things I love about Marty St. Louis' (he's my favorite non-cap NHLer) game, and I see a lot of those same things in Chris' game. Tenacity, speed and grit. Plus, you always gotta cheer for a guy who's 5'feet off skates (yes, I'm exaggerating).

Posted by: FFS Enough | February 27, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I hear the new players wont be playing until Saturday - why not Friday?

I want to see Huet in net...

Posted by: 828 | February 27, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

We have an awful lot of forwards in the mix for next year. Its a good problem, but what do you do with them all?

I actually think, and this is totally speculation, Mark Cooke could be the type of forward we need according to some of things I've heard about him.

Fedorov is a rental obviously.

Ovechkin/Backstrom/Clark
Semin/Nylander/Kozlov

then it gets carzy...

Laich
Fleischmann
Fehr
Gordon
Cooke
Bradley
Brashear
Laing
Bourque
Steckel
Bouchard

What heck do we do with this good mess?

Posted by: JSchon | February 27, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

@ FFS Enough

Ive also noticed that Bourque has many of the tools to become that kind of player. I thing that really impresses me about Marty is that (for such a small guy) he has a nice, hard one-timer slapshot on the PP, I heard Bourque has such a weapon as well. I hope he turns out like St. Louis.

Posted by: captnclark | February 27, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I also think Huet is a good bridge until the other goalies are ready for the NHL... Huet and Johnny.

No offense to Kolzig - he played really well last night... (except for that soft goal - he should have got a shutout last night) I think he has too play well. Like I said a few months ago - Kolzig was not challenged... he needed to go watch Rocky or some other motivation movie. With Huet here, I believe Kolzigs game will be much much better. Competition always brings out the best in players...

As for Bourque - he played alright - similar to Motzko when he played at the beginning of the season. But, that is a similar situation as Kolzig. If you don't play well, you will sit. Everyone plays better or does things better when they are trying to "survive". I don't think he will have a spot on the team next year. I think we have too many forwards. I mean, we have two guys injured right now that will be back next year (Clark and Nyls). But, FFS Enough, I agree - he is very similar to Frodo on Tampa Bay...

Posted by: 828 | February 27, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Exactly... I couldnt get passed that!

OV and Semin look and play completely different... a bad cover up on a worse mistake.

I guess they didnt want to have Joe B since he's a homer.

Posted by: @tallbear | February 27, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

We've been holding teams to 2 goals on 15 shots and losing. That's what wrong with it.

.888 SV % 43rd in league is what makes me think it is goaltending.

Do you remeber when Huet was a wall against us? I remember wishing we had a goaltender that can steal games like that.

Although, Olie has looked better in the past couple of games, I just don't want to rely on him to be the no. 1 guy until the young guys are ready. Does getting old and slow suck? You bet. Do I hate to see it happen to Olie? Of course. Do hate when he drops down and needs a freedom lift chair to get back up? YES! He's a great guy, but does that mean you let hm play until he's 40 or maybe 50? If he stays long enough, we can strap pads to his walker. Perhaps it is time he realize that he can be a good veteran back up and do what is best for the team, not what is best for his dream of being the game winning goalie in game 7 of the finals.

Posted by: WTF | February 27, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, its been a long morning already.

I was "@tallbear" ... ANYWAYS

McPhee said on Elliot "Olie Kolzig will be a Washington Capital next year" and Elliot made him repeat it.

So hes on the record.

Posted by: MetalCap | February 27, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

@SA-Town

In 8 out of our last 12 games we have held teams to 2 or less goals.

Thanks for your insightful comments.
Yeah, let's ride Olie, one of the worst goalies in this league. He is in the NHL basement, bottom 5. How's that stat works for you?

Posted by: Vic | February 27, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

There are 44 goalies who have played at least 1200 minutes so far this season, and of the five men who have the league's lowest save percentages, three of them are Southeast regulars. Here's that bottom five:
rank goalie, team mins sv pctg
40 Johan Hedberg, Atl 1,492 .896
41 Fredrik Norrena, Clm 1,384 .896
42 Ray Emery, Ott 1,297 .892
43 Johan Holmqvist, TB 2,288 .890
44 Olaf Kolzig, Wsh 2,591 .887

http://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/16/why-ovechkin-lecavalier-and-kovalchuk-cant-win/

McPhee meant Olie will be in the front office next year.

Posted by: Vic | February 27, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

@WTF,

Exactly - we did not have a goalie that can "steal" a win. I had the same thoughts when we played Boston a while back. I think we lost 2-0. Kolzig played REALLY well that night, but it was not good enough. Sometimes, goalies need to out play the opposing goalie... I think Huet can do this. I just want to see some shutouts - I hope Huet does not brick when he gets here. He did not seem too happy to be traded - that kinda bothers me.

Posted by: 828 | February 27, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Vic,

You think McPhee saw that article and decided not to stand pat?

Posted by: 828 | February 27, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

828 and Others,

I don't see how Huet not seeming happy to be traded is relevant. Unless both the player and the team know its time for a change of scenary, I don't think most players are thrilled to have to leave a situation where there happy, and pick up there entired lives and move to a new city. He's not going to play any less hard than he would have. Remember, he's in a contract year, so not only will he be playing hard to win, but he'll also be playing to get that next big contract in the summer.

Posted by: Leigh | February 27, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

who is Bouchard??? on the list of fowards above...

Posted by: jds | February 27, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

- The Washington Capitals had their chance to get Ilya Bryzgalov off waivers but they past on him and let Phoenix get him. Phoenix has reaped the rewards.
My understanding is that the Caps management did not want to insult Kolzig and put him out to pasture.
I have hear that Kolzig is difficult in the locker room when he does not get his way (although I have no way of confirming this).

- It's a well documented fact that Olie is somewhat hard-headed.

http://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/16/why-ovechkin-lecavalier-and-kovalchuk-cant-win/

Posted by: Vic | February 27, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Francois Bouchard
Prospect Grade: 7.0 C (About Prospect Grades)
History

Bouchard, brother of Minnesota Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard, was selected in the second round of the 2004 QMJHL Midget draft, and made the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in his first season in the league.

2004-05: Playing largely on the fourth line, with occasional spot duty on the second line, as well as some time on the power play, Bouchard was able to pick up 24 points in 54 points, in what was a modest rookie season in all respects. He was also a member of Quebec's entry for the under-17 championships.

2005-06: Bouchard's offensive explosion in his sophomore season was quite unexpected, as Bouchard amassed a very impressive 102 points in only 69 games, filling the big hole created on the Drakkar forward line after Edmonton prospect Jean-Francois Jacques graduated to the professional ranks. Bouchard was an integral part of Baie-Comeau's burgeoning power play, doing more setting up than scoring. He played for Team Cherry at the CHL Top Prospects Game, and was also a member of Canada's under-18 team.

2006-07: He led the entire league with 125 points (45 goals and 80 assists) in 68 games and was awarded the Jean-Béliveau Trophy for winning the QMJHL scoring title

Posted by: JSchon | February 27, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: JSchon | February 27, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I salut McPhee and Leonsis for making these trades, that's all I know.

Olie needs to retire, he is old, plain and simple. Give him some front office job, retire his number, whatever... But he needs to clear the way for Huet.

Posted by: Vic | February 27, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I'm curious what are the Caps going to do with three goalies this season. Do they send Johnson to the minors? Wouldn't he have to go through waivers then and risk losing him. I can't see the Caps having three goalies on the roster until the end of year.

Posted by: Lowell | February 27, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Maybe they rotate the goalies and Huet is the designated SO goalie (along with his other roles in the games)... I think they should start doing things like that in hockey - kinda like a closer in baseball.

Posted by: 828 | February 27, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

@828

That would be completely strange for them to do that.

Posted by: JSchon | February 27, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Maybe he can polish Huet's pads

Posted by: Anonymous | February 27, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Regarding our Forward situation next year...

We saw something this trade-deadline that I think says a lot about what we can do in the offseason.

It was reported that the Caps were one of the few teams Huet WANTED to play for. Same with Fedorov. Cooke is just happy someone wanted him which says a lot about the guy's character. (what that is, I don't know). I think we will see, that with Ovie here for a long time, we might be able to attract the talent it takes to reach the cup.

That being said, I don't see us making any major moves in the offseason, aside from resigning guys like Green, ShaMo, Laich.

After what I saw last night, if I were BB, I would keep the Fehr, Laich, Flash line together for the rest of the year, NO MATTER WHAT and see what they can develop into. They were not the hardest working line (IMO, Brash/Gordo/Brads and Bourque/Stecks/Laing were monsters on the forecheck) last night, but they were the beneficiaries of good D play and a nose for the net.

So next year we see Ovie/Backs/Clark(or Kozy), Semin/Nyls/Kozy (Or Clark), Fehr/Laich/Flash. Brash/Stecks/Laing would be my vote for line 4...

I must say, I'm happy where we are at. Just don't see any room to move Bourque up yet and give him enough playing time to be happy.

Posted by: FFS Enough | February 27, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I could see a Huet-Olie rotation with Johnny being the designated backup and occasional game thrown his way. i.e. it would be Huet-Johnson or Olie-Johnson.

Posted by: tallbear | February 27, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I think Huet is a great pick up. I was reaaly happy to see GMGM see that we need a bridge until the young guys get to the NHL. Huet is an outstanding goalie. I just don't see Kolzig as a starter next season. Maybe a backup to Huet. He does play better after a nice long rest. I don't like to judge a goalie by his GGA, I think that is more of team stat. Save% is hard to argue though. If a goalie faces 10 shots and 3 of them go in, it will not win hockey games.

I also liike Federov as a fill-in for Nyles. Ovie-Federov-Semin The Iron Curtain line!

Posted by: BearsWoooo | February 27, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

A three goalie rotation would be awful. We saw what happened with Colorado trying to do that two years ago.

Johnny should be and is going to be a healthy scratch for the rest of the year. I wouldn't want him in the AHL, our prospects should be getting experience down there.

I can see the Huet/Kolzig tandem working out well.

Posted by: KMob | February 27, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I just wanted to say that Steckel really stepped up last night to stand up for an AHL callup.

It's expected that guys will stand up for OV, or Semin, or the more "franchise" player, but to see Steckel drop the gloves for (I think) the first time this season after Bourque got nailed...that says a lot about how tight this team is.

Lets hope the new guys realize that and blend in to an already established locker room.

Posted by: Jeff | February 27, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

BearsWoooo

In the same way I don't like GAA, I can also make the same arguement for save %. We gave up maybe 1-2 scoring chances last night on 30+ shots. Very good game, and if it weren't for the deflected goal, Olie had that shutout. Nothing you can do about it...

But sometimes, as a goalie, you just can't do anything when a team is on a break, or your D stands around picking their rear. There are qualities about good goalie play that you just can't capture in a stat. Plain in simple. It is because, unlike baseball, hockey IS 100% a team sport.

Posted by: FFS Enough | February 27, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Do you guys not understand Huet is an UFA next year? Anyone thinking he is our man for the next 3-4 years is DEAD WRONG. He has a choice.

As far as those of you who only judge our goalies by save percentage, and stats in the league..Look at how we played early on...look at our numbers now.

Our style of play is one to give up odd amn breaks our way..Huet will get hung to dry and his numbers will be the same as Olie and Johnson.

Those of you who say that 2 goals or less in the last 8 out of 12 games isnt good enough..then god help me.

Posted by: SA- Town | February 27, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

In the off-season, I would expect to see Johnson traded for a D-man. Huet and Olie will both be signed. My guess is that they'll do a 2:1 split of the duties respectively. Cooke may be dealt again as part of a trade hopefully for another D.

Fedorov - what to do with him... First off, let's see what he does for the remainder of the season. We may want to keep him on a year-by-year type deal. That'll really mess up your lines! :)

Posted by: Greg S. | February 27, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

As for the guys fitting in...
I think Matt Cooke isnt going to be a problem, his first hard check will say it all...

Fedorov is coming into a situation with 3 other Russians on the team. He is a two way player, albeit at an advanced age, but I think fitting in wont be a problem...

Both of these guys are playing for a contract.

I think the only guy who gets screwed here is B.Johnson. Its too bad for him, he has played well enough to play.

@SA-Town...
Please tell me that you agree that Ollie has let more than his fair share of soft goals in this season, to deny that is lunacy.

Posted by: JSchon | February 27, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

FFS Enough

Your right, it is 100% a team sport. That is why I HATE the SO! IF the GAA and the SOG is low, it means the team is doing a great job of keeping pucks away from the net. Sure some shots will get through. The ones that get through are really the ones the goalie needs to be ready for. I realize that Save % isn't a perfect stat for judging a goalie, but I think it is probably the most accurate one. If Only 15 shots get to him in a game and he lets 3 or 4 in, then he isn't making the grade. I realize that no one stops everything and, bad bounces, deflections, and screens happen. Sometimes golaies just get beat, plain and simple. I just think Huet is a guy that can keep us in a game when our D does make a mistake or there is a bad bounce/screen/deflection. Much like Brodeur stole the game for the Devs on Sunday. We beat them in every aspect of that game except for one - goaltending.

Jeff,

Don't forget that like so many guys on this team, Steck and Bourque won a cup together and were teammates and pals prior to his call up. But I agree, it was great to see him step up and use his 6'5" size to his advantage.

Posted by: BearsWooo | February 27, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

SA- Town = Olie Kolzig

Posted by: Just a Hunch | February 27, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

@GregS
Trading B.Johnson isnt going to net you a top 4 defensemen. Trading B.Johnson and M.Cooke wont net you a top 4 defensemen.

Sergei Fedorov is a rental player, he doesnt fit into the Caps plan, he is merely filling in the spot left by Nylanders injury for this year. The obvious location for him is to re-sign with the Red Wings and retire wearing red.

Cooke is playing for a contract, and either will be signed or leave via FA during the summer. He will not be traded.

Posted by: JSchon | February 27, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

From the Caps press release, the pronunciation of Huet is
KRIHZ-tuh-buhl YOO-iht

Posted by: Huet | February 27, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

As for gmgm. I don't trust anything that he says anymore. We're not making any trades, then does 4. A brain dead turtle could make these trades, but still I don't trust his public words. He's spent too much time in DC. Sounds like a politician.

Posted by: Greg S. | February 27, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

What a day yesterday.

gmgm is an amazing bargain shopper: Federov for a draft pick still in college, A gritty, unafraid guy for someone who can't find his game. And the bargain deal of the day: Huet for Sotherby!

Unfortunately (oh come on--you knew it was coming!) the bargain deal of the day does have hidden costs. Olie had to know that something about his job description was going to change, but this was sudden and unexpected. Olie expected to be eased out--not pushed out.

He has been a tremendous rock for the organ-eye-zation. He does deserve respectful treatment at the end of his career.

However what is a general manager to do when presented with such an enticing deal in this situation? gmgm couldn't walk away (again!) from a goalie deal because his franchise player's feelings will be hurt. I think that the true cost of this deal is yet to be determined.

That said, and kudos to gmgm for his mastery of Filene's Basement, I am still wondering if he is able to negotiate on Saville row. The Caps still need stable force on the blue line. Poti is ok; he had a good game last night. But the Caps need someone to show the youngsters how to clear a crease. And that deal could have been made yesterday if gmgm could handle the atmosphere where those deals exist.

Posted by: Clarendon | February 27, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Don't know if this is a little late to post, but I just picked up the thread. If you don't like the announcers there is a simple solution, get to VC!!!! this was a home game.

Posted by: cglaus | February 27, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Bearswooo -- that was also kind of my point. Because the Caps have built from within a lot of the guys on the team have played with each other at different levels, and just because a guy is in his first NHL game (for a while) hardly means there isn't a bond with his "new" teammates.

And about the sample lineups for next season, don't forget about Gordon. While he may not have a great scoring touch, the guy has a ton of important qualities for winning games (good in the faceoff circle, great PKer, and solid defensively).

Posted by: Jeff | February 27, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Greg S,

Federov and Cooke are UFA after this year correct? They walk after this season?

Posted by: NJ | February 27, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

@828: No offense to Kolzig - he played really well last night... (except for that soft goal - he should have got a shutout last night)

Sorry, but if you think that was a soft goal you need to spend some time on the ice. No it wasn't a hard shot, but it was completely screened and changed direction off the Wild players leg about 2 feet above the top of the crease. Actually Kolzig was in great position to stop a puck he couldn't even see until it changed direction. Hardly a soft goal and definitely the defenses fault (for failing to clear the crease) if anyones.

Posted by: DMan | February 27, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I do agree Olie has let in some soft ones. But the play is better of late now that we have two healthy capable goalies. I just think having 3 is a mess, and Huet being here does nothing for the long term...might cause problems for the short term, and addresses an issue that seems to be fixed at the moment going into the playoffs.

@Greg S.
Thats quite a statement that Huet and Olie will be signed this offseason..great to see you think that will happen. I cant be so sure.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 27, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Huet, Fedorov and Cooke are UFA at the end of this year.

Posted by: JSchon | February 27, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

@JSchone

A 2nd round draft pick in 2009 yielded Huet, why shouldn't a serviceable backup goalie yield a good D? Especially given his salary of only $800K.

I don't know about Fedorov, as I said. I haven't seen him play lately. I do not see him retiring in Mo-town, though. They traded him away, they won't pick him up again for old time's sake. Could well be a pure rental, which is fine.

I don't know about Cooke, either. Haven't seen him play, either. Do we need a 1.5M + grinder kind of guy with Laing, Brashear, Steckel and half a dozen other 3rd and 4th liners that we have at significantly less salary?

Posted by: Greg S. | February 27, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

SA- Town

And I suppose Olie dropping to his kness and not being able to recover or move for 45 seconds is the rest of the team's fault too. And it is the coach's fault that Olie has no latteral movement anymore. And it is Ovechkin's fault that Olie could get faked out of his jock in the shoot out by a squirt player. And it is the entire defensive unit's fault that is reaction time is much slower than that of every goalie in the NHL, AHL, ECHL, NCAA, QMJHL, and PeeWee AA. I guess it's your story, you can tell it how ever you want.

Posted by: unreal | February 27, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

At the end of the year, you will only have B.Johnson as a goalie under contract.

You will have 2 goalies, Huet and Kolzig, that are UFA's.

We have the bargaining power here. Do you want Kolzig back at 4 million a year? I dont... Huet for 4 million is much more palatable.

The Caps have the leverage here. They can use one against the other.

Shrewed maneuver by GMGM.

Posted by: JSchon | February 27, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

@SA-town

exactly. Holding a team to 12 shots on goal is great but if 5 of those shots come one 3-1 odd man rushes, then there isn't much to blame the goalie for. On the flip side, we gave up, what, 35 shots to minnesota last night? But they had very few golden opportunities because our D-men were not standing around, our forwards were backchecking and rebounds were getting cleared.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | February 27, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I'm an edgy kinda guy, SA-Town.

Olie's sun is setting, and Johnson really won't become more than a backup. Nothing wrong with that.

Huet could be the bridge between now and when the prospects are ready to come in.

Posted by: Greg S. | February 27, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

@Greg S
A 2nd round draft pick in 2009 yielded Huet, why shouldn't a serviceable backup goalie yield a good D? Especially given his salary of only $800K.

Hmmm, just to take a stab in the dark:

1. Because at the end of the day, no one wanted/needed Huet badly enough to cough up more than a 2nd round pick.

2. Because everyone and their mother is out for a D-man. That's going to still be the story come the off-season.

Posted by: keef | February 27, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

We need to get Huet on contract and I think I will feel better about this.

Olie needs to go after this year.

You guys think Im defending Olie...Im just against having 3 goalies.

I do think Olie and Johnson are playing better though..Huet just doesnt solve our problem one bit until he is signed...does that make sense to anyone? Why not go after Huet in the off-season as an UFA?

Posted by: SA-Town | February 27, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

@GregS

Trade deadline deals are much different from other deals. Bargains can be found because some teams are selling assets because A. they arent going to make the playoffs, or B. their inability or unwillingness to re-signed UFA's or a combination of the 2.

That being said, I think MON got screwed in the deal.

B.Johnson would fetch a late round draft pick at best.

Posted by: JSchon | February 27, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

@Greg S
Do we need a 1.5M + grinder kind of guy with Laing, Brashear, Steckel and half a dozen other 3rd and 4th liners that we have at significantly less salary?

Oops, should've responded to this one too...you're right we don't need another grinder but we do need one that will post himself in front of the net.

Everything's pointing to Cooke being a guy that will take his lumps at the post and scratch and crawl for the dirty goal.

Posted by: keef | February 27, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Greg S.

I agree with you. Signing Huet makes sense. Bringing him here to be a rental for the rest of this season and creating an awkward 3 man rotation only to let him walk makes no sense. Bringing him in and signing him and helping to keep this team in it until the young guys come up makes perfect sense. I think don't think Johnny will be a Cap next season. I can see Olie being a good veteran backup to Huet.

Posted by: BearsWoooo | February 27, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

@NJ

That's my guess. They walk.

The Petty/Cooke deal is a wash. I don't think there's really a role for another grinder on this team, IMHO.

Fedorov is expensive now at over $6M. He'll really have to show something to warrant re-upping his contract for next year. Nylander's at 4.875 and Kozlov at 2.5. He'll really have to show something. Even if he stays at his current rate, he'll be 2nd in salary next year. He's the highest paid as of right now. If he's lackadaisical out there, I'd let him walk.

Posted by: Greg S. | February 27, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

@SA-Town...

Maybe GMGM knows that he cant go into next season with the same goalie situation. Trading Sutherby for the rights to negotiate with Huet before anyone else can isnt a bad idea. Had Huet stayed in MON, we would have an uphill battle to sign him here. Having him already here gives us a leg up against the competition.

Posted by: JSchon | February 27, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

@Greg S

I don't see why GMGM is bad if he had changed his mind. Remember there are also a bunch of people including the owner, Coach, scouts, etc. who can affect his decision.

If you need to get somewhere fast and changing the lanes, how do you know if you'll swift to the right or to the left next? It all depends on situation.

I think the management realized they were wrong not picking Bryzgalov and when Huet was offered, they took it. That's all.

Posted by: Vic | February 27, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

@Keef

Yup. Goalies are a hot commodity now, too. I think a deal could be made with Johnson and ____________ for a D. Maybe a late pick or Schultz, Erskine, Eminger... . Though Eminger played really well last night. One game does not a season make.

I don't know Cooke at all. 7 goals, 9 assists isn't terribly great. I have low expectations for him.

Posted by: Greg S. | February 27, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

SA-Town

We get Huet now, so he can see what kind of place DC really is. How the team is progressing. All things he might not get a view of between June and July. The general perception around the league is that nobody wants to come and play in DC. We are seeing Ovechkin's presence changing that, but having him here now gives us the upper hand in negotiations.

Plus, we get to try-before-we-buy on Huet.

I do want to know what we are doing with 3 goalies. I don't like that either.

Posted by: FFS Enough | February 27, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Greg S. that Federov is a stop-gap for now, but if he plays well, resign him (if the price is right) to a one-year deal. Feds has been an incredible scoring and defensive pivot -- until he got to Columbus. Now it's time to see if he can pull a Ponce deLeon or not. If he goes on a tear with Semin, resign him; if he is mediocre, let him go. The Caps are in the driver's seat.

Posted by: JIM | February 27, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

@Vic

I'm not saying gmgm's bad...just cagey like a politician. Can't take anything he says at face value.

Posted by: Greg S. | February 27, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Everyone wants GMGM to show his cards and tell everyone 100% what the teams plans are. While fans might like that, gives us insight and allows us to see how our fantasy-gm abilities match with the real thing... it's MORONIC to tell other teams what your plans are.

"We are looking for a goalie" tells other teams to up the price of their goalies. In this case, MON may have called US and asked what we'd give for Huet. When you don't appear to "want," prices get cheaper.

Posted by: FFS Enough | February 27, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

@Jschon

You said-----
"Trading Sutherby for the rights to negotiate with Huet before anyone else can isnt a bad idea."

I Say----
"Unrestricted Free Agent" means that he can go to and sign wherever he wants. He owes nothing to Washington. He is a rental until we sign him...Make sense?

Posted by: SA-Town | February 27, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I don't see how these trades are a bad thing at all. First of all all of them are UFA's at the end of the season. That's a good thing b/c it lets us test out the guys and see if they have chemistry with the rest of the team while helping us make a play off run. So what if they walk. I have a feeling that Huet was brought here b/c he was available for cheap and would be a good bridge between Olie retiring and the young guys coming. With Olie, one of two things will happen. Either he'll get his touch back and prove that he deserves to be resigned or his ego will be bruised and he'll retire. Either way we have our butts covered a bit. If both Huet and Olie want to or do resign then there's a bit of a problem but we won't have to worry about that for quite awhile. I think Cooke will be much needed for his ability to get in front of the net and get the dirty goals. We've been missing that since Clark has been out. Again, if he doesn't fit in etc. we don't have to resign him and we've lost nothing. Same with Federov..I don't really see us resigning him b/c Nyls should be back and healthy next year but who knows?!!? And I've heard rumblings about him not being a good pick up but was brought here for Ovie. I don't think that is the case. I think this is strictly a rental player to replace one of our injured who we are obviously missing. I mean for the longest time we've only had one line scoring and that isn't going to help us in the long run. We got much needed players that we can dump at the end of the season (therefore not falling into the Jagr trap) or who we'll have first shot at signing if we choose. And we gave up practically nothing in return. How is that not a good deal. I think that at the end of the season the man limit on the roster is voided anyway so it won't really matter that we have 3 goalies. Let them duke it out. Pretty sure BB will do some sort of rotation and it will probably be based on how they do in games.

Posted by: K | February 27, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

@JIM and GregS.

I guarantee you Fedorov, no matter how he plays will leave here as UFA.

You already have 2 scoring line centers in Backstrom and Nylander.

Signing Fedorov doesnt make any sense when you have to resign Green, Laich and Morrisonn.

Posted by: JSchon | February 27, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

@ Greg S.,

Cooke is a classic 3rd/4th line guy. Plays defense, agitates, etc. While that isn't exactly all-star material, he should be better at that role than Petter, as a failed top 6 guy just trying to get a sweater and a regular shift.

Posted by: old time hockey | February 27, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

@FFS Enough

I like the idea of try before you buy...It's still not worth it to have him here w/3 goalies.

He is probably thinking we are the dumbest team in the NHL holding 3 goalies, and one of them being a guy who's number is supposed to be in the rafters. He will run from this place, and not blink twice.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 27, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

@SA-Town

You're right, Huet owes nothing to WAS. But he doesnt owe anything to any other team either. Having him here now means we can start talking about a new contract if we want to before anyone else. That is the benefit.

The 3 goalie thing isnt going to be a cake walk, but I'm glad that BB is handling it rather than Hanlon. Being honest and direct is a painful and necessary pill.

Posted by: JSchon | February 27, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

@Jschon

Huet was an All-Star...Something tells me he is going to test the waters, and not throw all in on the Caps before the season is over. I wish he would...just dont see it.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 27, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Just a thought. Clark was a 3rd 4th line guy....then he came to washington and started scoring dirty goals on Ovechkin's line. Maybe we keep Flash with Laich and Fehr, and put Cooke on OV's RW? Leave Koz with Fedorov and Semin?

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | February 27, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

@SA-Town

You may be wrong you may be right. I'm sure the next few months will shed some light on our goalie situation.

I'm sure GMGM is thinking the way we are are and is trying to find the right solution.

Posted by: JSchon | February 27, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I agree with FFS, that we cant break up the Fleischmann/Laich/Fehr line, they were very active.

Putting Cooke with OV and Backstrom is worth the experiment.

Posted by: JSchon | February 27, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

@ JSchon

Why not keep Feds if he plays well? It's not bad to have an extra scoring pivot. Nylander's injury proves that depth can be good. If he is mediocre or asks for too much money -- see ya! Backstrom has cooled off of late from how red hot he was for a while, so there's another reason for a good 3rd pivot to give a coach flexibility to shake up lines. Also a 3rd line with Clark and Feds that could potentially score goals and be responsible defensively seems like a good problem to have. My 2 cents

Posted by: JIM | February 27, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Interesting comments from Vancouver's GM.

"We expect him (Pettinger) to come in here and contribute immediately. Another positive for us is that if we were going to move Matt Cooke, I wanted to find a player we would get for more than the next month or two. I was trying to find somebody that we thought could help us for the rest of the year, but also would be around next year."

The CBC analysis is:

"Pettinger, in his seventh year with the Capitals, scored two goals and five assists in 56 games with Washington, and will add grit to the Canucks' lineup."

Which begs the question, if dumping Cooke for Petty adds grit, what the hell did we get?

Posted by: Greg S. | February 27, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

What do expect a GM to say -- well Pettinger is slighty better than a bag of used pucks? Pettinger had been good, but seemed to need a change of scenery. 2 goals in 56 games in the top 6 just wasn't getting it done. Cooke may work out great, but he can be let go more easily if not.

Posted by: JIM | February 27, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

There are 4 players that need new contracts.

Green $5 Million
Morrisonn $1.5 Million
Laich $1.5 Million

New Goalie $4 to $5 Million

No room for a old center with diminished skills.

We already have too many forwards as it is.

Next years lines...

OV/Backstrom/Clark
Semin/Nylander/Kozlov
Laich
Fleischmann
Fehr
Gordon
Cooke
Bradley
Brashear
Laing
Bourque
Steckel
Bouchard

Thats why.

Posted by: JSchon | February 27, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow...your General Manager probably makes the smartest moves of any team, and a lot of angry comments. Federov is a rental; he's playing for a contract next year. No impact to the 2008-09 cap. Cost- a prospect playing US college hockey and who is probably, at best, AHL material. You get a good two-way player, a very good skater, and someone who has won cups. You need guys like that come April/May. Huet...similar deal (rental at worst). Maybe Kolzig sharpens his game a bit, maybe not (honestly though- the Washington defencemen don't exactly help). But now your coach has a viable option other than Kolzig. If he goes away come July, it costs you the 2nd round pick that you got from Anaheim (see Edmonton in 2006- Washington has that same weird feeling about it). Cooke needed a change of scenery; it happens. Same deal with your guy. Look at Carolina; they won the cup in 2006 with no real #1 (Gerber and Ward both played a lot of games, and both got yanked; doesn't help that Carolina's coach is a complete rube when it comes to goaltending (see his work in the 2006 Olympics coaching the US team- takes DiPietro and leaves Ryan Miller (easily the best American goaltender) at home).

Unlike Pittsburg, you didn't give away two character guys, your 2007 first round pick (Esposito, who was considered possible #1 overall material until April/May 2007), AND your 2008 first-round pick (in a very deep draft) for what will likely be a rental (and for a guy who has never been anything great during the playoffs) or a guy that will cause massive cap issues, all while your (Pittsburg's) goaltending situation is a nightmare (Conklin and Sabourin aren't answers, and Fleury isn't much better).

McPhee may not be all that charismatic, but he's quietly built a team that should be good for a while. You could do much, much worse. You've got a lifer coach who is a proverbial good egg, and a good young team. There's a lot of places worse off than that.

Posted by: Patrick | February 27, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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